Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.
Today’s cover comes from New York City’s greatest: the Ramones, covering “I Don’t Want to Grow Up” originally by Americana folk/blues/everything icon Tom Waits. The original appeared on Tom Waits’ 1992 album Bone Machine, while the Ramones included their cover as the opening song on their final album ¡Adiós Amigos! in 1995.
Compare both versions for yourself below.